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Violence in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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´╗┐Ahmed El Wakeel 26/5/2012 The Outsiders Essay Violence There are many controversial and notorious topics that are portrayed in many different pieces of literature. Such aspects and factors sometimes play a role in delivering a particular message to the reader or to the audience. In other cases, such factors don't play any role at all, but that is barely noticeable. Moving on, we may identify some of these aspects, which are for example, drug use, sex, alcoholism, and violence. One of the most controversial out of these factors is violence. Violence can portray many different messages through different pieces of literature. Some pieces may illustrate violence as an efficient solution to problems, and some others may portray it as only a spark that causes more tragedy. The specific case that will be discussed is the fusing of violence into the mesmerizing novel, The Outsiders. This particular novel captures the young American community of the 1960s and takes you deep into the life of a particular group of people that are involved in all sorts of violence, smoking and alcoholism. Violence was clearly portrayed in the novel The Outsiders, but there have been many views of what violence represents in the novel. I honestly think that the violence is very predictable in the novel. I think this violence in the novel is predictable because of the fact that you are dealing with two rival gangs or groups from different social and financial background. ...read more.


The boys then have to flee and their escape is organized by their friend, Dally. The boys hide in abandoned church which is later set on fire with some kids inside. Johnny attempts to save the children in the burning church and receives injuries that eventually kill him in the hospital. Thus, violence had directly ended the life of young Bob the Soc and indirectly ended the life of Johnny the Greaser. If anyone thinks about it, if Johnny hadn't belonged to the gang both deaths wouldn't have occurred, and that stems back to the problem of Johnny belonging to the gang which is also caused by violence. Johnny is physically and emotionally abused at his home, which causes him to need love and acceptance from the gang which is one of the reasons he belongs to the gang. Dallas is also later killed because he engages in violent acts on the streets. When he is confronted by the police he is believed to have a gun and he is shot dead. Through the interpretation of the following events we can conclude that the message of the novel regarding violence is that it causes more and more tragedy and loss and never solves a problem, but negatively escalates and progresses it into something bigger that will cause more violence. Violence in the case of this particular novel causes nothing but loss, death and tragedy. ...read more.


In conclusion, a statement can be made that violence plays a great role in the novel in not only delivering a message that violence only leads to tragedy but also by portraying the American gang society in the 60s. Violence in the novel clearly and briefly captured the life of gangs such as the Socs and the Greasers by going into detail of the personal lives of different gang members and portraying the disputes and tensions between both groups and showing how they impacted them and how they impacted the community and society as a while. Violence also was fused into the plot to clarify and deliver the previously stated underlying message that violence is not the solution to anything and that mere use of any kind of violence may cause and lead to more inevitable violence, that will progressively and negatively cause nothing in thos world but more, loss, death and tragedy to the offenders and the offended. A conclusion can be made that S.E Hinton did a mesmerizing and breath taking job by writing such a phantasmagorical masterpiece of literature to be called a novel at such a young age. Other than that, the use of violence in this particulary amazing book played a great role to sending the previously stated message and contributed greatly to portraying and capturing the American gang societies in the 60s as it is. ...read more.

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